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Prince George

Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia. The area surrounding it, however, still displays the beauty that visitors expect. There are many parks in the area that provide opportunities for hikes and walks. There are also fishing and hunting opportunities in certain seasons. Rivers and lakes in the area allow for canoeing and kayaking, with guided and unguided tours available. In winter, the region becomes a wonderland with numerous outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and much more.

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Prince George Hikers Photo SimonSees.com

Visitors can also check out many notable cultural centres. The Exploration Place Science Centre & Museum, which contains 70-million-year old fossils, and full-sized dinosaur models. Other exhibits include live critters, first nations artefacts, and many different virtual tours. The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum is another notable site, containing one of the largest vintage rail collections in BC. The Two Rivers Gallery is a vital centre for visual art in Prince George and the central interior of British Columbia.

The community of Summit Lake is just 52 km (32 mi) to the north, making all of its amenities well within reach.

 

Location

Prince George is situated where the Nechako River joins the Fraser River. Surrounding the City are the lake-dotted, rolling hills of the Nechako Plateau. The north-south Highway 97 and the east-west Highway 16 intersect at Prince George. The City is also the junction of the north/south and east/west-bound railways.

Prince George is 786 km (472 mi) northeast of Vancouver, 789 km (474 mi) northwest of Calgary, Alberta and lays claim to the title of BC’s northern capital, being located at the geographic heart of BC.

The Entrance to MamaYeh RV Park in Prince George.

A Step Back in Time

In 1807, Simon Fraser established a fur trading post in the region, and called it Fort George. The Lheidli T’Enneh First Nation traded frequently with Fort George. By 1906, Canadians learned that the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway would pass near the fur trading post, and agricultural settlement began to spring up. A few years later, in 1914, the railway arrived and construction of the railway townsite commenced. The City of Prince George can trace its’ origins back to that trading post.

The Province of British Columbia incorporated the City of Prince George on March 6th, 1915.

Prince George struggled over the difficult years of the Great War, with a Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918, and the Great Depresssion. But its economy sprang to life in World War II, when a new army camp of 6,000 soldiers bolstered demand for services. As post-war reconstruction efforts fuelled a growing international demand for lumber, Prince George’s forest industry took root. By 1981, it was the second largest city in BC. Despite changes wrought by forest industry consolidation, wood remains the city’s primary economic driver.

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Prince George & Nearby Accommodations

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Beaver Point Resort
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Travelodge Goldcap

Travelodge Goldcap

Prince George

Explore the many local attractions Prince George has to offer while staying at the newly renovated, quiet and comfortable Travelodge Goldcap in downtown Prince George. With a wide range of amenities featured at our hotel, rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, air conditioning, coffee makers, hair ... Read more
Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Prince George

Entering into Blue Cedars Campground, guests are first welcomed to an open canopied forest of large birch trees before entering into a lush forest of Douglas-fir trees. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness, our campground offers a tranquil setting for guests to relax and unwind. We offer 100 sites ... Read more
Hartway RV Park

Hartway RV Park

Prince George

RV Park and tenting sites in beautiful gardens and treed sites. Wonderful large fire pit and wood available. extremely clean bathrooms, friendly service, open year round to serve you. ... Read more
Northern Experience RV

Northern Experience RV

Prince George

Our quiet country location, with big rig pull thrus, laundry, heated showers, and full service hookups make us the perfect location to ease into your Northern Experience and get set for the adventure you have been planning. Whether you’re heading to Alaska, visiting family in the area, shopping, b ... Read more
Northland RV Park

Northland RV Park

Prince George

Northland RV Park is a full-service campground in Prince George. ... Read more
Bee Lazee RV Park & Campground

Bee Lazee RV Park & Campground

Prince George

Well-appointed RV Park which offers grassy, shaded and open sites, long pull-thrus, hot showers and seasonal heated outdoor pool. Close to golf. ... Read more
MamaYeh RV Park

MamaYeh RV Park

Prince George

For RV lovers, MamaYeh RV Park situated in a natural, pristine, forest setting, as RVers seek for retreat or rejuvenation. MamaYeh also makes a great destination and/or rest stop on your way to other beautiful locations like Alaska, Yukon, Jasper and Vancouver. Passport America Members welcome. ... Read more
Salmon Valley Campround

Salmon Valley Campround

Prince George

Located 25 minutes north of Prince George on Hwy 97. Our beautiful little campground has 35 campsites, many of which are along the river. 11 power and water sites, combination of 15/30 amp sites. Most of our sites are back-in, with a few pull-thru and tent sites for all camping enthusiasts. Store an ... Read more
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